Ford has just revealed the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport to the assembled media in Dearborn ahead of its New York Auto Show debut. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is the first implementation of Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine in the Ford Explorer Truck. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport also previews a number of subtle performance updates that will roll out throughout the entire Ford Explorer SUV 2013 range.
By carefully beefing the chassis and suspension, precisely calibrating the Terrain Management System and adding comfort and convenience features, Ford have delivered the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport which will provides a great driving dynamics and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport also features various sport garnishes and exclusive paint colors and cabin trimmings, just like the Ford Edge Sport; even for its part, Ford says the name was chosen to parallel that of the Edge Sport.
The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport Trac also gets SHO-like exterior and chassis upgrades. Along with four unique exterior colors, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is coming with 20-inch painted wheels and blackened headlamp and tail lamp lens treatments. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport also comes with blackened roof rails and side mirrors. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport cabin features unique leather upholstery with contrast stitching and unique trim appliqués.
The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport comes standard with many of the features found on the Explorer Limited, including dual-zone automatic climate control, MyFord Touch and a rearview camera. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport has been empowered with Ford’s twin-turbocharged, gasoline direct injection (GDI) equipped “Ecoboost” branded V6 engine, which previously popped up in the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, the 2010 Ford Flex, the 2011 F-150, and a pair of Lincoln branded vehicles (the MKS and MKT).
Ford did not list the exact horsepower of its latest tuned Ecoboost V6, but the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is expected to deliver over 350 hp, while offering up 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport brawnier six is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be manually shifted via steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
All-wheel-drive is standard on the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, as is the normal Explorer’s Terrain Management system to take advantage of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine’s extra torque in all conditions. Other 2013 Ford Explorer Sport changes include a throatier dual exhaust with large polished tips, as well as larger shock tower braces and a new cross tunnel brace for added rigidity.
2013 Ford Explorer Sport – New York Auto Show
Competitors 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
Ford says the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport mpg is anticipated to be 3/2 mpg better (city/highway, respectively) than Chrysler’s, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T with 5.7L Hemi engines, and 3/4 mpg better than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (Land Rover is a Tata Motor Comp. (BSE:500570) subsidiary previously owned by Ford).
To be clear, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport stops well short of a full-on performance model like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 – Ford itself suggests likely competitors include the 5.7-liter Grand Cherokee and its Dodge Durango R/T. Aside from beating its rivals by double digit percentages in the fuel economy department, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds.
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